This picture was taken at the Bel Air estate - uncle Chet, me, Preston, auntie Mabel, Billee, Nana, Unk Ile and Donna, 1973. It was Mabel and Chet's last visit to California. I remember a bitter sweet feeling, knowing this was the last time I'd ever see them. I was 25, about to be married and start a new life with Gene, but there was a sadness about that day I still can feel today. The end of an era was about to take place.
Nana, auntie Mabel and uncle Chet. Who would have believed the terrible fate that was facing my grandmother that day in 1973. She was 72 here and continued to look youthful to her last day. Sweet auntie Mabel the namesake for Maybelline was so opposite from Nana and many times I wished we could have had a grandmother more like her. Uncle Chet was a great man, strong and steady and I loved him like a grandfather.
Now stay tuned as I walk down the isle with Gene, at my father's estate in Palm Springs. For the whole story please get your signed copy of the Maybelline Story for $14.99 at http://www.maybellinestory.com/